INDEPENDENCE, Ore. (AP) — Democrats buoyed by a wave of anti-Trump political activism are trying to wrest control of some state legislatures from Republicans in the 2018 election.
They’re also striving to tighten their hold in states where they already have an edge or where control is split. Some could reach “supermajority” levels in state legislatures.
In Oregon, Democrats need just one more seat in the Senate and one in the House to reach a three-fifths “supermajority” in both chambers. That would give them a better shot at increasing corporate taxes.
In Colorado and New York, Democrats hope to win one more seat in each state senate to gain control of both legislatures.
Democrats believe that increasing their numbers will allow the passage of legislation ranging from gun control to health care.